Justice for FEMICIDE, Ni Una Mas

As I walk,
I pass Pink & Black crosses painted on every telephone pole
calling for JUSTICIA, JUSTICE!!!
Pink wood crosses adorned with marigold wreaths, photos and rosaries
They cover the roads, ditches, fields, and deserts
like a mass gravesite
Reminders and altars for the loved ones lost
missing, mutilated, violated, raped, beaten and murdered
left behind and silenced

We stand here in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico
Across the river from El Paso, Texas
The city of Juarez
The city of fear
The city of missing women, Drug cartels and Gov. Corruption
The city of imperialist exploitation and oppression
The city of the vanished and dead

Mass murder of women simply because they are women
Femicide and torture a common occurrence
A gender based crime on the news in the morning and
Forgotten by dinner time

17 years old, young, slim, dark complexion, shoulder length hair
Gone missing and then found…
Found in the desert….
Found with her plastic sandals, white blouse and child like underwear
that lay right next to her lifeless body

Choked, raped, beaten and parts of her breasts removed
as if trying to erase her existence
Her nude body wrapped in a blanket and dumped
Dumped next to disposed plastics, trash and animal carcasses

Her finger nails torn and bloody
A clear attempt to save her life
she fought back

The screams
The screams scrape against the crisp air
then shatter into a thousand shards of silence
As they cut through the earths surface and bring tears to mother earth

The cries
The cries are captured by ghostly dust devils that dance across the desert floor,
Then are plucked in mid-step by thorny scrub brushes
and ripped into shreds as they go unanswered

They wail
They wail in terror, but no one hears, there is a silence in the air
The tears fall leaving a stain where life once stood
The dried tears of a million prayers

Another pink wood cross is made
To stand amidst the marigold wreaths, photos and rosaries
Yet another shrine for a loved one lost, when will it end.

© Mia Roman

Justice for FEMICIDE, Ni Una Mas


Joined February 2009

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FEMICIDE, a gender based crime…

For more than a decade, the city of Juarez, near the US-Mexico border, has been a killing field for young women, the site of over 400 unsolved murders and many more abductions. Despite the horrific nature of these crimes, authorities at all levels exhibit indifference, and there is strong evidence that some officials may be involved in the crimes. Impunity and corruption has permitted the criminals, whoever they are, to continue committing these acts, knowing there will be no consequences.

Note: This story happens to be true and about a real young lady that was tortured, raped and murdered. Her story inspired this poem.

A Crime unsolved like so many others.

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